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Protezione Civile - Regione Lazio (Civil Protection - Lazio Region)
Tivoli
Italy
August 2015
There was some aerial activity around the mountain slopes beside the town of Tivoli where smoke was now billowing upwards. So with camera in hand I decided to drive the five miles or so from where I was relaxing on a family holiday. I quickly located the right mountain road after reaching the outskirts of Tivoli, only to find the road blocked by the local Police (Polizia). A short 'discussion' with them revealed I was expected to turn around, instead I parked up and wandered closer to where the smoke was coming from, albeit more subdued than when I set off. Two helicopters were collecting water from somewhere local I deduced by the short transit times before it was released to cascade on to the smouldering scrub. Despite giving the Polizia the slip briefly I could not get close enough for some better shots. So having realised the water was being collected nearby I guessed that it must be from the river which passes beside the town called the Fiume Aniene. I was there in just a few minutes parked up and soon shooting at first from a bridge and later from the river bank. This helicopter made several collections in the next 30 minutes or so before departing for good.
A brief piece of photographic entertainment and an insight of how the Civil Protection in Italy assists the Vigli del Fuoco with fire control.

Eurocopter AS350B3 Ecureuil (I-LASW) lifting the full 'bambi' bucket from the Fiume Aniene in Tivoii
 
Eurocopter AS350B3 Ecureuil (I-LASW) lifting the full bucket from the Fiume Aniene